Are there any men out their with SLE? All the posts I have seen on this site seem to be from females! I know only 20% of males get it but surely I can't be the only one. I was diagnosed with SLE 4 months ago after having various symptoms for 6 years. As I am diabetic and have Ulcerative Colitis the symptoms were originally put down to these but SLE mimics other diseases so is difficult to diagnose.
In the first 6 months of this year I started getting probems with both my knee joints and hands and elbows. They would seize up, very painful and usually only in the early evening. It made getting upstairs almost impossible on my own but, by the morning it had cleared up usually, only to start again in the evening! This then started to become earlier and earlier until it was starting up in the afternoon and affecting my whole day!
I was put on MTX and Hydroychloroquine and within a couple of months the symptoms had just about gone, and the waves of fatigue which I had suffered for years had improved!
I still get minor twinges here and there but it's a great deal better!